Selection of New Library Information Resources

The Library is pleased to report that the Provost has added $100,000 to the information resources budget for FY2015. We are now collecting nominations for new subscriptions, databases and major monographic works in any format. Please convey your nominations, and rationales for them, to your department or program Library liaison, or directly to Joyce Tenney at tenney@umbc.edu, by September 19, 2014. The Deans will make final decisions by mid-October.

Albin O. Kuhn Library Awarded $23,000 Grant

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a 16-month, $23,000 grant to the Special Collections of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery for the creation of collection level records for all archival collections Special Collections and the implementation of an Encoded Archival Description (EAD-XML) compliant workflow.

Chief Curator Tom Beck, Archivist Lindsey Loeper, and Catalog Librarian Vicki Sipe will review, revise, and create collection level records and finding aids for the archival collections maintained by the Special Collections department in the Library. Collections will include the University Archives, the Center for Biological Sciences Archives, and local history collections including the new folklife collections donated by the Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Traditions. The descriptive records will be mapped for reuse in multiple access systems including the Library Catalog, UMBC’s Digital Collections, and the Special Collections Search. The EAD-XML formatted finding aids will comply with national standards and may be harvested for access through union catalogs such as OCLC’s ArchiveGrid and the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium. The main goal of this project is to increase access to UMBC’s unique archival collections and to reach the researchers, scholars, students and community members that are seeking the high research value materials held at UMBC.

The NHPRC is the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supporting “a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.” The grant is awarded as part of the Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records program. A list of all May 2014 NHPRC awardees is available here.

Book of Lies (4/7-5/31)

9 Georganne Deen Mother’s LiesMonday, April 7, Book of Lies, curated by Corazon del Sol and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California, will open in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. The exhibition will continue through May 31.

Book of Lies examines the lie as human strategy using examples drawn from artists’ responses to the questions, “What is the lie with which I am most complicit?” and “What is the truth that most feeds my life?” Conceived of as a global conversation about truth and lies held through the medium of works of art and poetry, Eugenia P. Butler invited artists to use the lie to explore our relationship with the truth. The exhibition examines the lie as a human strategy using examples drawn from life situations including childhood, love, and war. Seventy-eight artists responded to these questions in unique and provocative ways, resulting in a body of work curated by Butler and Corazon del Sol titled Book of Lies.

More information about this exhibition is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Image: Georganne Deen, Mother’s Lies, 1994.

 

Tom Beck, Library Gallery, Interviewed for WYPR’s Maryland Morning

jaffee05-360An interview with Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, aired on WYPR’s Maryland Morning this week, in which he discusses the works currently on display in the Library Gallery exhibition, N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal, 1947-1997. Beck talks about the artist’s personal life and work in relation to the photography of his peers, as well as the historical importance of Jaffee’s photographs.

Listen to the interview, “Photographer N. Jay Jaffee Captured the Spontaneous” at WYPR.org.

More information about the exhibition is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar. N. Jay Jaffee Photographs from Public to Personal is on display now through Sunday, March 23 in the AOK Library Gallery.

Library Research for New Students (3/12)

Are you new to UMBC? Have you tried to use library resources for your course projects and couldn’t find relevant results or don’t know how to begin? If so, this session is for you. During this workshop, you will learn about how to use the Library’s website and services and how to select credible resources for your projects. You can also come with a specific question and ask for assistance.

March 12 (12 pm – 1 p.m.) LIB 259
RSVP to Gergana Kostova at g.kostova@umbc.edu

Spring 2014 Library Workshops

After 5 Session for Returning and Working Learners
March 5 (5:15 pm – 6:15 pm) LIB 259

Are you a returning or working student? Feeling overwhelmed? Want to learn more about what our Library has to offer? This hands-on workshop will offer an overview of the Library’s homepage and demonstrate how to locate electronic/print resources on specific topics. Please bring your research topics to this session.
RSVP to Simmona E. Simmons simmons@umbc.edu.

Library Research for New Students
March 12 (12 pm – 1 p.m.) LIB 259

Are you new to UMBC? Have you tried to use library resources for your course projects and couldn’t find relevant results or don’t know how to begin? If so, this session is for you. During this workshop, you will learn about how to use the Library’s website and services and how to select credible resources for your projects. You can also come with a specific question and ask for assistance.
RSVP to Gergana Kostova at gkosotova@umbc.edu.

EndNote Basic Workshop
March 26 (12 pm – 1 pm) LIB 259

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manger. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.
RSVP to Katy Sullivan at sullivan@umbc.edu.

Illustrating Your Point
March 28 (12 pm – 1 pm) LIB 259

Do you want to find images to use in your presentations, papers and other publications? Join us as we explore image databases/websites like ARTstor, Flickr and even Google Image searching. We will also discuss strategies for determining how images can be used and best practices for citations.
RSVP to Jodi Hoover at hooverj@umbc.edu.

Zotero Workshop
April 9 (12-1pm) LIB 259

Learn how to use this free, easy-to-use tool to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
RSVP to Semhar Yohannes at semhar@umbc.edu.

How Do You Google?
April 16 (12 pm -1 pm) LIB 259

In this interactive workshop, learn how to use the various search interfaces available in Google that allow effective and efficient searching, including advanced search, filters features, command search and more. You will also learn how to combine these findings with your library resources and services to succeed in your research.
RSVP to Gergana Kostova at gkosotova@umbc.edu.

After 5 Session for Returning and Working Learners (3/5)

Are you a returning or working student? Feeling overwhelmed? Want to learn more about what our Library has to offer?

This hands-on workshop will offer an overview of the Library’s homepage and demonstrate how to locate electronic/print resources on specific topics. Please bring your research topics to this session.

March 5 (5:15 pm – 6:15 pm) LIB 259
RSVP to Simmona E. Simmons simmons@umbc.edu.